Document Type

Report

Publication Date

1-1-1995

Series Number

147

Keywords

Kimberley region (WA), Pilbara region (WA), Taxonomy, Murchison region (WA), Nullarbor region (WA), Maireana, Arid regions (WA), Western Australia, Goldfields region (WA), Identification, Gascoyne region (WA), Shrublands

Abstract

This key has been produced to make identification of Maireana species (the bluebushes) easier in the arid shrublands region of Western Australia. It attempts to use everyday terms rather than technical botanical terms wherever possible and includes an illustrated diagram for ease of identification. A flow diagram - as opposed to traditional botanical keys - allows for visual tracking of steps taken in the key and hence makes it easier to backtrack if the final identified species seems incorrect.Fruit chacters alluded to at various steps in the key are also presented, and drawings of each species fruits are also included to provide a quick check of final identifications.

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